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Vegetable Crops and Small Farms Advisor with UC ANR in Riverside, CA

Type of position Applied Research and Extension
Employer UC ANR
Location Riverside, CA
Description of Location Location Headquarters. Riverside County-Coachella Valley Office
Salary TBD
Closing date of competition June 26, 2020
Date position available July 1, 2020
Description of duties

Vegetable Crops and Small Farms Advisor (Applied Research and Extension) Serving Riverside and Imperial Counties

Position Overview

Location Headquarters.  Riverside County-Coachella Valley Office

Purpose. The CE Advisor will develop and conduct research and extension programs focused on vegetable crop production in Riverside and Imperial Counties.


Primary program areas include (1) the commercial vegetable crop production and (2) the small scale and minority crop production of the Coachella Valley, the Palo Verde Valley of Riverside County, and Imperial County as well as the limited vegetable production in Western Riverside.


The CE Advisor will support growers and processors of such high-valued vegetable crops with problem solving, field consultations, and applied research.  The goal of the research program should be to improve yields and production efficiency.   As this region is the major supplier of cool-season vegetables in the winter, a focus on disease and pest management research is important to remain competitive on a statewide and national basis.  Water use efficiency and proper fertilization, and management are important issues to growers and deserve future research to meet state regulatory requirements. 

This is an exciting opportunity to have meaningful impacts in the communities of Riverside and Imperial Counties and throughout California. The CE Advisor will efficiently and effectively support current and emerging issues that benefit local growers and across the state.  Opportunities abound for research and extension partnerships that link consumers and resource professionals with relevant science-based information and promote effective problem solving.  The advisor will also join a team of highly motivated UCCE colleagues who are passionate about their work, and are dedicated to making a difference within the communities and throughout California.  The potential for collaborative projects within the UC ANR system is nearly limitless.

Counties of Responsibility. This position is focused on vegetable crops (over 22 major crops including melons) in Riverside and Imperial Counties.  There is an opportunity to work collaboratively across counties.


Reporting Relationship: The CE Advisor serves under the administrative guidance of the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) County Director for Riverside County with input from the UCCE Imperial County Director.

About UC ANR


The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) consists of a network of scientists and educators working in partnership across the California.  We are committed to developing and supporting healthy food systems, healthy environments, healthy communities, and healthy Californians.  UC ANR administers UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE), which is responsible for program development and delivery in the counties throughout the state of California.


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Salary & Benefits

Salary: The beginning salary will be in the Assistant CE Advisor Rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications.  For information regarding CE Advisor series salary scales, please refer to:  https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/307368.pdf“>https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/307368.pdf.


Benefits: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including vacation, sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year. This position is eligible for sabbatical leave privileges as per the terms of University policy and is eligible for indefinite status.


For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/“>http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/.

How to Apply

If interested in this position, please visit: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/“>https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and choose “applicants” (refer to position #20-07)


Closing Date: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by June 26, 2020.


Contact Tatiana Avoce; email: tavoce@ucanr.edu“>tavoce@ucanr.edu



Applicants may wish to explore the UC Davis Services for International Students and Scholars web page at https://siss.ucdavis.edu/“>https://siss.ucdavis.edu/ as a resource.


Qualifications sought

Required Qualifications  

Education:   A minimum of a Master’s degree in crop science, plant physiology, plant pathology, agronomy or horticulture is required at the time of appointment.  Relevant vegetable crop experience and a demonstrated understanding of soil science, irrigation and nutrient and pest management is required.


Desired Qualifications

  • Previous Extension experience is desired.
  • A pesticide applicator license or a private applicator license will be useful.



Skills Required

To be successful, the CE Advisor requires skills in the following area:


Technical Competence and Impact

The candidate should have a deep understanding of key concepts related to vegetable crops, soil science, irrigation and pest management and be able to design and implement a program that leads to positive changes and impact within the community and beyond.



Demonstrated excellence in written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.


Collaboration, Teamwork and Flexibility

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with others.  Able to adapt as circumstances warranted.  Promote diversity, equity and inclusion.


Lifelong Learning

Demonstrated commitment to ongoing self-improvement – both professionally and as a person.


Learn more about Skills and Areas of Programmatic Review at:


Contact for additional information tavoce@ucanr.edu
Application procedure  
Submit what HOW TO APPLY: To be considered, applicants must electronically submit the following five components of the Application Packet via UC Recruit by visiting: https://recruit.ucanr.edu

1. Cover Letter
2. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
3. Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI): Please submit a 1-page Statement of Contributions to DEI addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through personal experience, teaching, research, extension, professional activity, and/or service. This should include how you would ensure that all potential clientele have access and benefit from your program.
Guidelines for writing a DEI Statement can be found at: https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/guidelines-writing-diversity-statement
4. Statement of Research and Extension Interests: Please submit a 2-page Statement of Research and Extension Interests including how your current and/or past research and extension experience could contribute to, or be applicable to, the needs of the local community. Provide examples of potential goals and outcomes from your research and extension activities.
5. College Level Transcripts: Electronic transcripts or legible scanned copies (PDF) of original transcripts will be accepted. Transcripts must identify course work completed, grades earned, degrees conferred and confer dates. Please DO NOT send transcripts that are password protected.

To submit your application materials, please visit UC Recruit at: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and select “Applicants.”

Submit to https://recruit.ucanr.edu/
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